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post #1 of 4 Old 01-13-2014, 10:19 PM Thread Starter
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Choosing a reining horse? HELP!

Hey guys, just a quick question for any reiners out there. Would you rather have a laid back horse without much coordination, or a hot horse that's very sensitive to leg ques and coordinated? I have a small show I"m attending in the spring and would like to use one of my horses for reining (nothing special, just for the fun of it) . I have a quarter horse x pony mare that is very laid back, transitions from a fast lope to a slow one very well and has a great stop on her, but is just awful at pivots and who knows what a spin would look like. She really isn't very sensitive to leg ques and isn't very coordinated. Her lead changes do not come naturally and it has taken about two years but she seems to have them down now:) Obviously there are exercises that can be done to tune her lead changes and pivots up, I'm just saying it doesn't come natural to her. I have another horse (my barrel horse) that is a morgan x quarter horse, very athletic and hot. He has spins down well and led changes like a pro (in a figure eight or down a straight line) but he doesn't have a very great stop on him. His speed transitions are ok, but going from a fast lope to a slow one is just not as smooth as with my mare and as of right now I have to fight him a bit to slow the pace. I understand that both problem areas of my horses can be fixed, but for now I just want to focus on one. Would it be easier to teach a hot horse to slow down and stop well or a slow, less coordinated horse to speed up and roll back/ spin. This is just a small show so nothing worth getting a trainer over. I barrel race and while reining seems fun, that's really not my main focus, just wanted to enter it to go for all around points. Thanks in advance, and please humor my lack of knowledge on reining:)
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post #2 of 4 Old 01-17-2014, 01:29 AM
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Ahhhh..... take them both and have fun!!! :) If you have time to work with both wait and see how they come along prior to the show. Also if I was you, I would take the horse that would mentally be the most likely to engage in the show pen. Point wise on the plus and minus area.... lots of horses don't slow down the best... so it may not be as noticed as long as the fight isn't to noticeable on the try to slow down. Judges love a pretty mover as well, so take that into consideration.
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post #3 of 4 Old 01-17-2014, 08:13 AM
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That was what I was going to say.^^ Take both, have them do their best and have fun.
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post #4 of 4 Old 01-17-2014, 08:24 AM
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If i had to load only one onto the trailer I'd probably the the calmer horse. At the level your showing judges are looking more for correct, not speed. If your going to be hauling on a hot horse, the horse is going to be jigging, his head is going to look giraffe like, etc I'd say skip him. Especially if he has already been conditions that the show pen means go go go! I've seen lots of horses skills go right out from between their ears when they get hot!
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